I like to read at lunchtime. My favorite author is Thomas Pynchon,
Crying of Lot 49 being the best though I've read them all. I love
fluff like Los Angeles Magazine and silly sci-fi. Ancient history
thrills me too - the Greeks, the Ramayana, Rome. I think about how
everything went into the crapper after Rome fell and I wonder if
something similar could happen today. I recently completed a months
long David Foster Wallace kick, and his suicide still saddens
Some film favorites: The Graduate, Annie Hall, Apocalypse Now, The
Conversation (anything 70s really), Pulp Fiction, and Eternal
Sunshine of the Spotless Mind. North by Northwest. The Lord of the
Rings. Gladiator. Aliens. I'm sure there are some others like The
Big Lebowski, but I abide, and mustn't forget The Royal Tenenbaums.
I'm sick of superhero movies however; was a Spiderman origin reboot
really necessary only 10 years after the last one? And The Avengers
was kinda dumb.
My bands backwards in time: LCD Soundsystem, The Black Keys,
anything Jack White, Wilco, anything Josh Homme, Radiohead,
Pavement, Sonic Youth, Soundgarden. (Then the 80s were kind of a
wasteland, right? Hair metal - c'mon now. Outside of The Clash and
The Talking Heads and the rest of the punkers there was of course
U2, The Cure and The Smiths. But do I love them? U2 maybe, but
Morrissey bugs. And Bananarama. Springsteen was always too Jersey
and never did it for me, though I do respect him.) Neil Young,
Television, Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Patti Smith, Led Zeppelin,
The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan, The Velvet Underground, The Rolling
Stones and the Beatles always and forever.
On TV, it's mostly sitcoms and sports. And that douchebag doing
Diners, Drive-Ins and Dives on the Food Channel. And Game of
Thrones. The Walking Dead.
Korean barbecue from the source in K-Town. Fine kebabs. Quality
sushi. Meatless Mondays. Handmade pasta. Artichokes. Grand Central
Market for lunch. Finding the best ramen in LA. Brussels sprouts
with toasted pecans and rehydrated figs.